The Bayern Munich center back has endured two seasons without a major trophy, but is eager to wrestle the German national crown away from Borussia Dortmund
The Bavarian giants have not tasted major success in the last two campaigns, but managed to beat Jurgen Klopp's 2-1 side in the DFL-Supercup on August 12.
The Germany center back is determined to carry that momentum into the coming season, and believes that the summer recruits, including fellow center back Dante, will prove to be beneficial to his side, despite increased competition for a starting spot.
"The Bundesliga is my top priority. We can't afford to slip up there again. Last year we had a very good spell, but it was too short," the Germany international told the Bundesliga's official website. "After two years without winning, [the Supercup] was a matter of prestige. Obviously it gave us a lot of confidence, but we don't want to place too much importance on it.
"Competition for places is important at every club, but I'm looking forward to the new season positively. I have new aims and a desire to keep developing. If I can combine all of those things then I'll play."
Bayern Munich begins its Bundesliga campaign with a trip to fellow Bavarian outfit Greuther Furth on August 25.
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